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‘Peaky Blinders’ movie: Cillian Murphy is back for a Netflix crime epic

Tommy Shelby is returning in Steven Knight’s Netflix crime flick

Phil de Semlyen
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Big news for fans of Brummie gangland epic Peaky Blinders, newly enshrined Oscar-winner Cillian Murphy and dramatic undercuts. All three are coming to Netflix in the shape of a newly announced Peaky Blinders movie. 

Show creator Steven Knight is promising ‘an explosive’ movie that will see Murphy return to the show as Birmingham crime lord Tommy Shelby, overseeing new, more opulently budgeted carnage in the second city. 

‘It will be an explosive chapter in the Peaky Blinders story,’ says Knight. ‘No holds barred. Full-on Peaky Blinders at war.’

‘It seems like Tommy Shelby wasn’t finished with me,’ says Murphy. ‘This is one for the fans.’

‘When I first directed Peaky Blinders over ten years ago, we didn’t know what the series would become,’ says the film’s director Tom Harper, ‘but we did know that there was something in the alchemy of the cast and the writing that felt explosive. Peaky has always been a story about family – and so it’s incredibly exciting to be reuniting with Steve and Cillian to bring the movie to audiences across the world on Netflix.’

Harper, a season one director back in 2013, is back behind the camera for this one. The Londoner is best known for Glasgow musical drama Wild Rose, a breakthrough film for Jessie Buckley. Further casting is still under wraps but is a role for the gifted Irish actress too much to ask?

The movie will go in front of the cameras later in 2024.

It’s the latest in a trend of UK series-to-movie adaptations that includes Downton Abbey (solid), Spooks: the Greater Good (so-so) and Luther: the Fallen Sun (patchy). Expect to find out where the Peaky Blinders movie lands on Netflix, probably some time in 2025.

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